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Author Tarquin Hall Delights Participants in Global Read

Tarquin Hall"I never set out to write fiction — the motivation was to describe Modern India," said author and journalist Tarquin Hall of his novel, The Case of the Missing Servant, this year's Global Read selection. Joining us live from Delhi, India, for our annual online book discussion and Q&A with readers from around the country, Hall shared his creative process and answered questions about his detective series set in contemporary Delhi. The Case of the Missing Servant is the first of four books and introduces readers to detective Vish Puri and his crime-solving team.

The Case of the Missing ServantDuring the discussion, Hall spoke to his inspiration for the novel — the real private eyes of Delhi — as well as the many relevant themes his novel touches upon, including the disparate role of women. "India is an incredibly hierarchical, divided society…you can have a woman from a relatively well-to-do family who is educated and has a lot of freedom and takes full advantage of that while Mary the servant girl comes from a very impoverished part of India where the lack of basic sanitation and education is quite acute so she can be fully taken advantage of." Hall also shared some upcoming projects which, to our delight, include a guide to being a detective in Delhi, as told by Vish Puri.

Over 1,000 readers from around the United States and world have participated in the Global Read since it began in 2009, and we look forward to planning the next. "The Global Read has let us expand the concept of our book discussions from a local to a national audience," Librarian Jennifer Hanson noted. "We are excited to continue introducing new global literature to teachers and students!"

If you missed this year's Global Read, visit our YouTube channel to watch online, and stay tuned for Global Read 2016.

 

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